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Publication numberUS2330356 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 28, 1943
Filing dateApr 26, 1941
Priority dateApr 26, 1941
Publication numberUS 2330356 A, US 2330356A, US-A-2330356, US2330356 A, US2330356A
InventorsAlfred H Belliveau
Original AssigneeAutomatic Elect Lab
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Indicating system
US 2330356 A
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Sept. 28,1943. A. H. BELLIVEAU 3,330,356

INDICATING SYSTEM Filed April 26. 1941 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 wan RIIO How :32 A (TRANSFER so TWENTY FIRST Rzo I33, m FLooR svmcus ,m TRANSFER I22 \F" -3 r RI3O A52 AUTOMATIC SWITCH 2| STATION 8 STATION r@ losc J ,ELEVENTH FLOOR ELEVENTH FLOOR UJNTROL STATIONS SWITCH ll INVENTOR.

ALFRED H.'BELLIVEAU ATTORN EYS .sfipt 1943. A. H. BELLIVEAU 2,33

INDICATING sysmm Filed April 26, 1941 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 MULTIPLED TO CONTACT 65 UPPER (BOTTOM BANK) IN FLOOR SWITCHES 2| TO 30,1NGLIJSIVE SWITCHING RZIO START R 270 AUTOMATIC SWITCH 2| GROUP SELECT 8n DISPLAY WIPEOUT SWITCH ELEVENTH FLOOR 2.92 C swnon u L..

INVENTOR. ALFRED H.BELLIVEAU M, ,M m

ATTORN EYS Sept. 28, 1943.

A. H. BELLIVEAU INDICATING SYSTEM Filed April 26, 1941 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 MULTIPLED TO CONTACT es UPPER (TOP BANK) f m FLOOR SWITCHES 2| T 30, INCLUSIVE.

MULTgPLED TO CONTACT s LOWER (TOP BANK m FLOOR swrrcHEs 22 T0 50, mm.

6 MULTIPLED T0 GONTACTGS LOWEMBOTTOM DISPLAY UN 2 BAWHN FLOOR SWITCHES z2'roso,mc1.. FOR DOCTOR I65 t'"- i f o 3020 Q 5 J REGISTER 3E: F 300 l 303:; I 3: Bola. I 3g l REGISTER 0 30013 ag N 5% Aldw 8 ma: I 53 J J m l -w REG. b 3006 t g Q 5 F j za- Iou.

H O :@-|s5 2e 2e IN T; DISPLAY UNIT 165 lh r-IO L I 27 FOR DOCTOR MULTIPLED TO CORRESPONDING 65 CONTACTS OF SWITCHES l2 TO ZOJNCLUSIVE.

INVENT OR. ALFRED H. BELLIVEAU ATTORNEYS Patented Sept. 28, 1943 INDICATING SYSTEM Alfred H. Belliveau. Chicago, 111., assignor to Automatic Electric Laboratories,,lnc., a corporation of Delaware Application April 26,

13 Claims.

The present invention relates to systems for indicating the location of one or more persons or objects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area, and more particularly to improvements in systems for providing accurate information as to the whereabouts of a' large number of doctors who may be Working on the difierent floors of a large hospital. An improved system of this character is disclosed and claimed in the co-pending application Serial No; 390,621, filed April 26, 1941, Harry E. Hershey, whichis assigned to thesame assignee as the presentinvention, and the present invention relates to improvements thereover. .In the system disclosed in the Hershey application, a" display. board is provided on each floor of the hospital and' each board includes display units or sections individual to the doctors attached to the hospital staff. Each display unit is equipped with lamps which may be selectively energized to give an indication as to the floor where the corresponding doctor is located. The-sets of display units individual to the various! doctors are selectively controllable through automatic switches individual tothe various floors from control stations conveniently located on the floors, toindicate the floors on which the respective corresponding doctors may be located. Although the system is simple in arrangement, iullysatisfactory in operation, and includes several improved and novel operating features, it requires a group of several control relays for each doctor whose name his posted on the display boards and, hence, the display board equipment thereof is'somewhat expensive to manufacture and instalL.

Accordingly, it is an object of the presentinvention to provide an improved systemof the character described which is so arranged that the display board equipment is reduced. to a minimum.

It is another object of the invention to provide an improved system of the character described which is so arranged that electro-magnetically operated display registers of limited indicating capacity may be utilized in sets of two or more in each display unit to provide the required number of zone or floor indications.

In the illustrated embodiment of the invention each display unit is comprised of a plurality of pulse-controlled electro-magnetically operated display registers, each of which includes an indicating'element having ten floor display positions and a normal or blank position. In order to control the operating magnet of a selected register in'a selected display unit, each automatic;

floor switch is equipped with means for transmitting a train of restoring pulses to the magnet, thereby to drive the indicator of the selected register to itsblank positiomand to then transmit to the magnet a train of reset pulses which 1941, Serial No. 390,624 (or. 177-353 a identifies, by the number of pulses -thereof,,the location of the control station fromwhich the selected display. register is being controlled. More specifically, the display registers of each unit are each'individual to a group of ten floors of; the

hospital 'andare only icontrollable through the floor switches on these fioors to give indications identifying the associated floors. Provisions are made, however, whereby each train of restoring each registerin a selected unit, thus ensuring that conflicting indications willnot be .posted on the display boards. Provisions arealso made in thefloor switches, whereby these-switchesmay 15 selectively be controlledfrom theassociated control stations to limit the pulse transmission to restoring pulse trains only, thus providing a vehiclefwhe'reby an existing indication'imay be wiped out in1a selected unit without .posting a "new indication in the units The novel. features believed to be characteristic of the invention vareset forth with particularity in-the' appended claims. The invention," both "as to itsorganization and method 'of operation, to-

gether with further object's l and. advantages thereof, will best be understoodby reference to the-specification taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which Figs. '1, 2 and 3, when laid sideby side in the order named, il-

lustrate a portion of the-equipment provided in a system which includes the features of the invention briefly outlined above. 1'

Referring now more particularlyto the drawings, the system there illustrated'comprises a-plu- -rality of display boards which are individual to the various floors-of the hospital; and. each! of which is conveniently located for easy observa-- tion from'any point in the corridori of the .flcor where-it is located. One-such display boardtis 40 indicated at 25 as being provided on the'first of units which corresponds toa particular. doctor is controlledin unison. Theindividual-units of ment. Briefly described, the display unit 26 com;- prises a pilot lamp I651, which, when energized, indicatesthatthe doctor .No. l65'is somewhere-in the hospital, and a plurality of floor indicating display registers 3001133301) .and 34300. These regpulses :is transmitted to the operating mag-net of the display board. are also'identical in arrange- I to any ne of ten off-normal positions wherein ten different floor number indications are dis-v played. More specifically, the register 3000 is individual to the first ten floors of the hospital, and the indicating drum thereof has inscribed around the periphery thereof the numerals 1 to 10, inclusive. The register is individual to the eleventh to twentieth floors of the hospital, and the indicating drum thereof has inscribed around the periphery thereof the numeral 11 to 20, inclusive. Finally, the register 300a is individual to the twenty-first to thirtieth floors of the hospital and is equipped with an indicating drum having the numerals 21 to 30 inscribed around the periphery thereof. The indicating drum of each display register 300 is mounted on a drive shaft to which rotary movement is in parted, in one direction only, by an associated pulse-controlled operating magnet 30! through an associated ratchet and pawl or Geneva gear mechanism, not shown. The drive shaft also carries a cam 304 which is arranged to control asso ciated commutating contacts 3232 and 303, in the manner more fully described hereinafter.

The control of the various display boards is effected from control stations which are conveniently located throughout the hospital. More specifically, an .in and out entrance, zone station to is provided in the entrance zone or lobby of the hospital and each floor of the hospital is equipped with one or more control stations. Thus the twenty-first floor of the buildingris provided with three control stations A, B, and C, each of which includes a signal transmitting device till, a hold key I04, and a pilot lamp I05. The hold keys I04 are of the well-known locking type. Each signal transmitting device [0| is of the dial-operated type-conventionally used in the substations of automatic telephone systems, and comprises a set of pulsing springs I02 and a set of ofi-normal springs I03. The lobby or entrance zone station I0 comprises a plurality of key controlled switches and pilot lamps individual to the doctors whose names are posted .on the various display boards.

More specifically, an in key, an out key, and a pilot lamp is provided for each of the doctors. Thus the control panel at the station l0 is equipped with an in key 1659, an out key h, anda pilot lamp le, which are for the individual use of the doctor having the identification N0. 165. The keys 1659 and l65h are mechanically interlockedso that the key I659, when operated to its off-normal position, may be restored to normal through operation of the key l65h.

The selection and selective control of the registers included in the various display units of the display boards is effected through the provision of a pluralityof automatic switches which are individual to the various hospital floors and can only be controlled from the control stations provided on the corresponding floors.v Thus an automatic switch 2! is provided which has access to all of the registers provided on the display boards to display indications identifying the twenty-first to thirtieth floors of the hospital. This automatic switch may be controlled only from the control stations A, B, C, etc., located on the twenty-first floor. Another automatic switch H, which is individual to the control stations of the eleventh floor, is also schematically illustrated in the drawings. The various automatic floor switches are substantially identical in circuit arrangement. Briefly described, the switch 2| comprises a two-motion switching mechanism of the well-known Strowger type which is equipped with four banks of contacts, each including one hundred contact points. The contacts making up this contact field are divided into ten'levels, of ten contact sets each and each of the four banks has associated therewith one of the four wipers 275 to 278, inclusive, which are carried by a wiper carriage structure of wellknown construction and arrangement. For the purpose of elevating the enumerated wipers to a position opposite a desiredilevel of bank contacts, and then rotating the same into engagement with a selected contact set of aselected level, rotary and vertical magnets E60 and [Si areincluded in the mechanism. The mecharn'sm further cornprises a release magnet IE2 which, when ener gized, permits the wiper carriage structure to be returned to rotary and vertical normal; two sets of vertical. off-normal springs I53 and 154 which are operated when the wiper carriage structure is moved to any vertical off-normal position, and a set of rotary off-normal springs 265 which are operated when the wiper carriage structure is rotated one step away from the rotary normal position thereof.

In order to control the various magnets of the Strowger switching mechanism and the operating magnets of the display registers provided on the various display boards, the automatic switch '2! is equipped with a minor switch 200 which functions as a group select and display-wipe-out switch, a rotary switch 280 which functions to transmit the trains of restoring and reset pulses to the selected register magnets, and a plurality of control relays. Briefly described, the minor switch 200 includes two sets of contacts having eleven points each; wipers 205 and 202 individually associated with the two contact sets; an operating magnet 203 for driving the wipers 20! and 202 from normal to any selected ofi-normal position; a release magnet 254 for returning the enumerated wipers to normal, and a set of offnormal springs 235 which are operated into engagement when the wipers or the switch are moved off normal.- The register control switch 280 similarly comprises two sets of contacts having twenty-five points each; wipers 2Sl and 282 individually associated with the two contact sets, and an operating magnet 283 for driving the wipers 285 and 282 over the contacts of their respective associated contact sets. It will be understood that, since the switch 2&5 is of the wellknown minor type, the wipers thereof are stepped one step each time the operating magnet 203 is energized. In the switch 280, on the other hand, the ratchet and pawl mechanism controlled by the operating magnet 283 is so arranged that the wipers 282 and 232 are only stepped when the magnet 283 is energized and then deenergized. Therelay equipment of the automatic switch 2! includes a pulsing relay R5 la, a hold relay RI20, three transfer relays Ri-EU, Rl lil and Rl50, a start relay REIQ, a start cut-off relay R220, a

.stepping relay R230, a release relay R240, a reset relay R250, 2, clear out relay R260, and a Wiper switching relay R270. Of the enumerated relays, the relays Rl20, Rl30, RZID and R280 are of the well-known slow-to-release type, while the teas-'56 bus conductor which terminates the various relay,

magnet and lamp terminals which are identified in the drawings by the negative polarity sign. For convenience in describing the circuits involved, this source of current, which may conventionally comprise a storage battery floated across the terminals of a charging rectifier, has not been shown.

In considering the. operation of the system, it

may be assumed that the doctor who is assigned theidentification number 165 enters the hospital through thelobby and proceeds directly to the twenty-first floor, where he will be occupied for a considerable period of time. the hospital. the doctor, conforming to hospital regulations, actuates the in key I659 to its 01fnormal position, thereby to complete an obvious circuit for energizing the two pilot lamps I65e and I65; in parallel. Branches of this circuit extend to the pilot lamps individual to the doctor No. 165 and provided'on each of the other display boards. The energizaticn of these particular pilot lamps provides an indication at all of the display boards, and at the lamp panel of the'lobby station I0, that the doctor No. 165, Whose name appears opposite each of these lamps, is in the hospital but is not available for consultation,

If the doctor No. 165, upon proceeding tothe twenty-first floor of the hospital, desires to place himself on call, he may do so by actuating the transmitting device at one of the control stations on this floor, to transmit the digits of his identification number to the associated floor switch 2!. Assuming that the station A is selected for this purpose, the doctor, before starting the dialing operation, operates the hold key IMa to its ofi-normal position, thereby to complete an obvious circuit for energizing in parallel the pilot lamps Illfia, liltib illfic, etc, at the various control, stations on 'the'twenty-first, floor. Thef nergization of these lamps servesto provide'an indication that thetwenty-first floor switch 2i is busy. ,When the key Mia is actuated to its offnormal position, a circuit including the series- Upon entering path 'inshunt was-ir enga ed, contacts in the for energizing the transfer relay Rita.

key I04, and the pulsing springs I 2 areopened and closed'to transmit an'impulse'to the relay RI I D. Thisfl relay, upon restoringatthe beginning ofthe open-circuit period of the impulse, opens its contacts III to interruptthe operating circuit for-the hold relay RIZD, and closes its contacts I I2.to complete the prepared circuit for energizing the transfer relay RI3I] 'inserie's with the operating magnet 283 01 theminor switch 2&8. The latter circuit extends from ground'by way of the contacts H2, I22 and I631), the wind-- ing of RIBS), the contacts I53, and the winding of the magnet 203 to' battery. When thus energized the 'relayRIBiloperates and closes jits'conta cts' I33 to prepare an alternative pulsing circuit which bypasses the off-normal contacts i632) and includes the off-normal contacts 163a.

At its contacts I32, the relay RI3B opens a point in the circuitfor transmitting current pulses to therotary magnet I69 and the start relay RZ'ID in series. At its contacts IN, the relay RIM completes a circuit, including the contacts I5I,

The re,- lay Ri itl now operates and closes its contacts I 44 to complete a path 'for short-circuiting the winding of the-transfer relay RIM, this path-extending fromground byway of the contact I2I, the winding of RI'BUQand the contacts MI, I5I and Iii back to ground. "Thus the transfer relay RI 5% is prevented from operating until the trans fer relay Riel) subsequently restores.

When energized in series withlthe transfer 'relay EH39, the magnet203 operating in conjunction with its associated ratchetand pawl mecha-.

nism, functions to advance the wipers ZIF'i and 282 one step from the illustrated normal positions thereof, into engagement withv their respective associatedseeond contacts. In the present case, this operation of the switch wipers 2M and 202 is without effect. Incident to the elf-normal movement of the wipers. 2m andQQZ, the ofinet I81 and the operating magnet 2B3of'the U minor switch 2%, respectively. At its contacts I23, the relay R529 opens a point in thecom'rnon portion of theoperating circuits for: the release magnets [Gland 2%. At its contacts" I'ZIgthe relay RI 253 prepares locking circuits for the transfer relays EH9 and R353, and the reset relayn -so. I

'When the first digit 1 is dialed through cperation--of= the transmitting device Iil-ia provide'd atthe station A, the shunt springsJiBB- are moved into engagement to 'complete-an'- obvious pulses to the magnet 283.

the relay R453 prepares a circuit for delivering.

normal springs 255 are operated into engagement further to prepare the above-mentioned operating circuit'for the release magnetifl i.

.When the pulsing relay R reoperatesatthe end of the single open-circuit pulse of the; first digit, it recloses its contacts Hi to again-energize the hold relay R529, andopens its contacts,

I I 2 to deenergize the transfer relay R! as and the magnet 293 Due to its slow-to-release charac-. teristic, the hold, relay RIZIl remains operated during impulsing. The transfer relay RIBQ restores shortly after the end of the digit and opens its contacts I3I to interrupt the above-traced path short-circuiting the winding of the transfer relay RIM. .The latter relay is now "energised in series with the transfer relay RIM over a circuit which extends fromground by'way 'o'f'the contacts I2I,'the winding of RiBil, the contacts" 14! and the,winding o'f RIM? to battery. When thus energized the transfer relay RIM! operates and opens its contacts Ilii further to interrupt the above-traced short-circuiting path. At its contacts I53; the relay RIEB opens another poirit in the above traced circuit for delivering'current current pulses to the winding of the vertical magnet IiiI through the winding of the transferre I lay RIM, during the dialing of the second digit. It is noted that the current supplied to the winding of the transfer relay RMQ through the winding of the transfer relay R; following-there- At its contacts I52,

lease of the transfer relay RI3EI, is sufiicient to maintain the relay RIM] operated.

When the second digit 6.of the doctors identification number 165 is dialed at the station A, the pulsing springs I62 are opened and closed six times, so that six impulses are transmitted to the pulsing relay RI Ill. This relay functions to repeat the pulses to the transfer relay RISE! and the vertical magnet IEEI over a circuit which initially extends from ground by way of the contacts H2, I22 and I632), the winding of Rlfifl, the contacts I52, and the winding of the magnet IfiI to battery. When first energized in this circuit, the relay RlSEI closes its contacts I33 to again prepare the path for lay-passing the offnormal contacts I631) in the pulsing circuit, and opens its contacts I32 to prevent current pulses from being delivered to the start relay R2 Ii! and the rotary magnet ISO in series. Due to the slow-to-release characteristics thereof, the hold relay RIZI] and the transfer relay R536 remain operated throughout the second digit and until shortly after the digit is ended.

Each time the vertical magnet IBI is energized in the above-traced pulsing circuit, it operates in conjunction with its associated ratchet and pawl mechanism to elevate the wiper carriage structure one step, so that at the end of the digit the wipers 275 to 213, inclusive, are left standing opposite the sixth level of bank contacts. Incident to the first vertical step of the wiper carriage structure, the off-normal springs I 64 are moved into engagement further to prepare the operating circuit for the release magnet I62, the oil-normal contacts I63?) are moved out of engagement and the oil-normal contacts I635; are moved into engagement. Thus the bypass path in shunt with the off-normal contacts I631) is established, so that the second to sixth current pulses are transmitted through the winding of the transfer relay RI 32 to the vertical magnet I6I, over a circuit which extends from ground by way of the contactsIIZ, I22, I531], and I33, the winding of RIM, the contacts I52 and the winding of the magnet IGI to battery.

Shortly following the'end of the second digit, and during the inter-digit pause between this digit and the third or final digit, the transfer relay RIM] restores. In releasing. this relay opens its contacts I33 so that no further current pulses may be transmitted to the vertical magnet IBI in response to further operation of the pulsing relay RI Ill. At its contacts I32, the relay RIB!) prepares the above-mentioned circuit for transmitting current pulses to the series connected start relay R2) and rotary magnet I69.

When the third digit of the doctors identification number is dialed at the station A, the pulsing springs I82 are opened and closed five times, so that five impulses are transmitted to the pulsing relay RI IE1. This relay, in following the impulses, functions to transmit a corresponding number of current pulses over the above-mentioned circuit to the start relay and the rotary magnet I69. This circuit may now ,slow-to-release characteristic, the relay R229 remains operated throughout the third digit and until shortly after the digit is ended. Each time the rotary magnet is energized in the abovetraced pulsing circuit, it operates in conjunction with its associated ratchet and pawl mechanism to rotate the Wiper carriage structure one step, so that at the end of the third digit the wipers 2'55 to 278, inclusive, are left standing in engagement with the fifth contacts of the sixth level in the associated contact banks. Incident to the rotation of the wiper carriage structure to a rotary oil-normal position, the rotary off-normal springs 265 are moved into engagement to prepare the above-mentioned circuits for energizing the magnet 283 and the relays R220 and R240.

At the end of the third and final digit, the pulsing relay RI I6 remains in its operated position so that the start relay R2I0 and the rotary magnet I58 are deenergized. Shortly after the digit is ended, the relay B2 II] restores and closes its contacts EII to complete the prepared circuit for energizing the relay R2 10. This circuit extends from ground by way of the contacts 2, the off-normal springs 255, the contacts 22I and the winding of R240 to battery. In operating the relay R246 closes its contacts 24I to complete a multiple locking circuit for the transfer relays RI 40 and R650 and to prepare a locking circuit for the reset relay R250. At its contacts 222, the relay R240 opens another point in the operating circuit for the release magnet I62. At its contacts 243, the relay R240 opens another point in the operating circuit for the release magnet 266. At its contacts 244, the relay R240 completes a locking circuit for the pulsing relay RI lfi, this circuit extending from ground by way of the contacts 244, the series-connected pulsing springs of the transmitting devices IilI, and the winding of RI Ill to battery. The purpose of providing this locking circuit is to prevent the premature release of the floor switch 25 in the event the doctor using the station A restores the hold key Ifi la to normal immediately the dialing operation is completed and without waiting for the actual change in the displayed indications to occur. In other words, after the key I040, is restored to normal, the switch is held operated under the control of the release relay R240.

The start relay RZIB, in releasing, also completes a circuit including the off-normal springs 255 and the contacts 22I, for energizing the operating magnet 233 of the register control switch 2%. When thus energized the magnet 283 opens its contacts 285 further to interrupt the prepared operating circuit for the stepping relay R230, and conditions its associated ratchet and pawl mechanism to step the wipers 28I and 282 from their illustrated normal positions into engagement with their respective associated second contacts. In restoring, the start relay RZIU also completes a circuit including the contacts 2| I and the elf-normal springs 265, for energizing the slow-to-operate start cut-off relay R220. This relay, in operating, opens its contacts 22I to deenergize the magnet 283 and to interrupt the above-traced operating circuit for the release relay R249. When the magnet 283 is thus deenergized, its associated operating pawl is retracted to advance the wipers 28I and 282 into engagement with their respective associated second contacts. At its contacts 285, the magnet 283 completes the prepared operating circuit for the stepping relay R230, this circuit extending from ground by way of the wiper 282 and its engaged second contact, the contacts 285, and

the winding of R239 to battery. When thus energized the relay R236 closes its contacts 23! to energize the release relay R'l lil'and the magnet 2283 111 parallel over an obvious circuit. The magnet "283 now reoperates and opens its contacts prevent further operation of this rela'yand the,

magnet 2B3. As indicated by the foregoing explanation, a current pulse is transmitted to the release relay R240 each time the stepping relay 323i? operates. Due to its slow-to-release characteristic, the release relay remains operated throughoutthe described cycle of operation of the register control switch 28!).

During .this cycle of operation of the register control switch 280, ten restoring pulses are transmitted to thecperating magnets of the display registers in the display unit 25 and the corresponding display units of the other display hoards. Thus when the stepping relay R230 first operates it closes contacts 232 to prepare or complete a circuit for energizing one of the magnets 391a,

3 35b andfiilic, individual to the registers 355a, 35Gb and Billie in the display unit 26. In this regard it is pointed out that when the indicating drum of any register 379i} occupies its normal or blank position, the associated cam 3Moccupies ton such that the commutator springs .392

disengaged and the springs 393 are engaged. In all other positions of the indicating drum the cam tilt occupies a position such that the springs areengaged and the springs 393 are disensie ed. Accordingly, if the register 399.0, for

example, of the displayunit 23, is assumed to occupy its sixth cit-normal position at the time the cycle of operation of the register control 7 switch ZBll under consideration is initiated, five restoringpulses will be transmitted to the magnet 3Blc during the first ten steps of the switch wipers 28! and 282. The circuit over which these pulses are delivered to the magnet 33k: extends from ground by way of the contacts 232', the wiper 28! the multipled second to eleventhccntacts of the contact set associated with this wiper,

In'la manner similar to that just described, five,

cf the ten transmitted restoring pulses are utilized to normalize the registers of the other display boards which correspond to the register iit lic of the illustrated display board 25. It will he understood that had the register 3090 and the corresponding registers of the other display hoards occupied their respective second oiinormalpositions, for example, nine pulses of the restoring train would have been utilized to ad- Vance "the'indicatpr drums of these registers to their respective normal or blank positions. The pulses of the "restoring train par-{also transmitted to the magnets 36M and saw of the registers Stills and 30 01) and to the magnets. of the corresponding registers in the other display boards,

but under the conditions assumed the indicator 7 drurnsoi these registers all occupy their normal or blank positions wherein the commutator springs 3G2 thereof are disengaged. Accordingly, the restoring pulses are jineffective to; produce operation of these magnets. It .will also be understood from the above'explanation that after a maximurc f enr torins pulses ha been transmitted to the magnets of the selected. display units; ,all 'of the indicator drums of the registers in these units, stand in their norfrnal or l kv si ion After the train of ten restoring pulses has been counted loy theregistercontrol switch 286, the wipers '23! and'282 of thisswitch are operated to engage their respective associated twelfth contacts. With the wiper 251 in this position the steppingrelay R238, upo-nnext operating to ener-' gize the magnet 28.3, completes a circuit for energizing the reset relay R253. This circuit ext d r o nd. y Wa of the co tacts 23 the wiper 28.! and its engaged twelfth contact, the contacts 262 and the. winding of 3.25 3 to battery. In operating. the reset relay R25!) locks to ground over a path including the contacts 252 and the contacts 24! and 12! in parallel. At its contacts25l; the relayR25B connects the comrn utator contacts iiilfiiq of the registers 3mm, the" corresponding commutator contacts of the corresponding registers individual to the doctor No. 165, to the negative terminal of the current source, thereby to, prepare circuits for se t n e te s hes c rcuits are r her n epa edl hen he i rsv 28 nd 28 f h res st rc tro sw h 89 re e pe if} engage their associated thirteenth contacts. With the wiper 231 in the last-mentioned posi- .tion, theindicated circuits are completed-when the stepping relayRZfifl next operates. Thus a circuit 'ior.energi zing the magnet tllla of the ma be r ed as. xtendin f ground by way of the contacts 232, the wiper 3 an s ncas d th nth c n c t ntacts the wiper 2'11 and. its engaged contact liilib, the winding ofthe magnet 38kt, the contacts M3301, the contact. H3511, the wiper 2'55, and the contacts 2H, 25! and 25! to battery. Corresponding circuits are completed for energizing the magnets of the registers of the other diSpIayJQOa-I'lS which correspond to the register Silla, of 'the hoard 25. When these circuits. are leted the indicator drums of the selected indication 2i. Thus when the magnet 381a is energized, it operates in conjunction with its associated ratchet and pawl mechanism to advance the indicator drum of the register 383a onestep, wherein thenumeral 2| is displayed throu the window thereof. Incident to this movement the cam 304a is operated to an ofinormalposition wherein the contacts 3930; are dise "ged. and the contacts 302a are moved into en ent. Thusthe initially completed. reset puls circuit is opened and an alternative circuit is n. pared icr energizing the magnet 38in during continued operation of the register control store are advanced one step to display the switch 283. In a similar manner, the commutating contacts of the registers in the other display boards which correspond to the register 300a, are shifted to provide a more direct circuit for energizing the operating magnets thereof.

In the present case, wherein the switch 2| and the calling control station A are located on the twenty-first floor, only a single reset pulse is transmitted to each of the selected registers. Thus it will be noted that the fourteenth to twenty-fifth contacts of the contact set associated with the wiper 28I are not wired. Accordingly, when this wiper is moved out of engagement with its associated thirteenth contact, no further circuit is available for transmitting reset pulses to the operating magnets of the selected registers. In this regard it is pointed out that the wiring of the contact set associated with the wiper 28I in the register control switch of each automatic floor switch determines the number of reset pulses which are transmitted during each cycle of operation thereof. Thus, had the switch illustrated been provided on the twentyfifth floor, for example, the fourteenth to eighteenth contacts of the contact set associated .with the wiper 28I would have been multipled together to provide a circuit for transmitting five reset pulses to the registers of any selected display units. Similarly, had the switch 2| been provided on the twenty-eighth floor, the fourteenth to twenty-first contacts of the contact set associated with the wiper 28I would have been multipled together to provide a circuit for transmitting eight reset pulses during each cycle of operation of the control switch 280. In the last-mentioned case, the second to eighth pulses of the reset train would have been transmitted to the magnet saw of the register 300, for example, over a circuit which extends from ground by way of the contacts 232, the wiper 28I, the contacts 2'I3,'the wiper 211, the contact I657), the winding of the magnet 300a, and the contacts 302a to battery. Thus it will be noted that after the first reset pulse is transmitted to the magnet .lilla, for example, the commutator contacts 303a and the wiper 275 are by-passed in the reset pulse circuit. From a consideration of the registers 3011b and 3980 it will be noted that this is a feature common to all of the registers.

In the present case, the selected registers are all reset to display the numeral 2| after a single reset pulse is transmitted thereto. This numeral identifies the floor where the doctor No. 165 may be located. After this single reset pulse is transmitted, the step-by-step operation of the register control switch 280 continues until the cycle of operation thereof is completed, at which time the operating circuit for the stepping relay R230 is opened in the manner explained above. With this relay in its restored position, the release relay R2 5fl is deenergized and restores after an interval. In releasing, the relay R240 opens its contacts 244 to deenergize the pilot lamps I05 and the pulsing rela RI Ill. At its contacts 242, the relay R243 reprepares the operating circuit for the release magnet I62. At its contacts 243, the relay R240 reprepares the operating circuit for the release magnet 204. At its contacts 2M, the relay R229 opens one of the multiple locking circuits for the relays RIM, RI5U and R250. The relay RIID, upon restoring, closes its contacts H2 further to prepare the operating circuits for the release magnets I82 and 264, and opens its contacts III to deenergize the hold relay RIZII. The relay RI2IJ now restores and opens its contacts I2I to deenergize the relays RIM], RIM and R250. At its contacts I23, the relay RI2Il completes the prepared operating circuit for the release magnet I52, this circuit extending from ground by way of the contacts H2 and I23, the ofi-normal springs I64, the contacts 242, and the winding of the release magnet I62 to battery. At its contacts I23, the relay RI20 also completes the prepared operating circuit for the release magnet 284, this circuit extending from ground by way of the contacts II2, I23 and 243, the ofinormal springs 205, and the winding of the magnet 204 to battery. When thus energized the release magnet 2M attracts its holding pawl to permit the wipers 2IJ| and 202 to be restored to normal, in a manner well understood in the art. Incident to the normalizing of these wipers the off-normal springs 295 are disengaged to deenergize the release magnet 264. The magnet I62, when energized in the circuit traced above, attracts its associated holding pawl to permit the wipers 215 to 218, inclusive, to be restored to rotary and vertical normal, in the usual manner. Incident to the restoration of these wipers to their respective normal positions, the off-normal springs I64 are opened to deenergize the release magnet I62, the ofi-normal springs |53a are opened, the off-normal springs I631) are closed, and the rotary off-normal springs 265 are opened to deenergize the start cut-01f relay R220. Following the release of the relay R220 the automatic floor switch 2| is fully restored to normal and is conditioned for further use.

If, after making routine calls or discharging other duties on the twenty-first floor of the hospital, the doctor No. 165 proceeds to the eleventh floor, for example, he may, by again dialing his identification number at one of the eleventh floor control stations, wipe out the numeral twentyone as displayed by the register 300a. and the corresponding registers of the other display boards, and reset the display units assigned for his use to display an indication eleven, which shows that he may be located on the eleventh floor of the hospital. In this regard it will be noted that, incident to the operation of the eleventh floor switch I I, the wipers of this switch are positioned on the sixty-fifth contacts of their associated contact banks, in a manner clearly apparent from the above explanation with reference to the operation of the switch 2|. Moreover, immediately after the third digit 5" is dialed at the calling eleventh floor control station, the register control switch embodied in the automatic floor switch I I starts a cycle of operation so that ten restoring pulses are transmitted over a circuit which includes the wiper 292 and its engaged contact IBM to the operating magnets 3IlIa, 30Ib and 3Il|c of the registers 300, and to the operating magnets of the corresponding registers in each of the other display boards. Thus the indicating elements of the register 30211. and the corresponding registers of the other display boards are restored to their respective normal or blank positions. After the existing displa has been wiped out in this manner, the register control switch of the floor switch I! operates to transmit a single reset pulse over a circuit which includes the wipers 29I and 292 and their respective engaged contacts I 550 and Id, to energize the operating magnet 3Il|b of the register 30% and the operating magnets of the corresponding registers in the other display boards. Thus the indicator drum of the register 30Gb is advanced to display the numeral eleven.

The corresponding registersof the other display boards are similarly advanced to: display the numeral eleven, indicating that the doctor No. 165 may be located on the eleventh floor of the hospital. The manner in which the floor switch It is. automatically released is exactly'the same as described abovewith reference to the automatic floor switch 2i. It will be understood from the above explanation that as the doctor No.,165 proceeds from floor to floor of the hospital he may, by dialing his identification number at'a control station. on each floor, reset the display units provided for his use so that accurate in-' formation is at all times given as to his location.

If the doctor No. 165proceeds to a ward or floor where heiwil-l be occupied with duties from which he does not wish to be disturbed, he may wipe out the indications displayed bywthe display units provided for his use, without resetting these units to provide a new floor indication. For example, the doctor may be occupied with duties in Surgery, in which case he will not wish to be disturbed. In order to wipe out the existing indications displayed by the units provided for his use,

the end of the first digit of six impulses dialed at the station A. With the wiper 2! in this .position, an obvious circuit is completed for energizing the clear out relay R250. Aside from the operation of the elay R260, the manner in which the switch 21 operate is exactly the same as described above. recalled that incident to the cycle of operation of the register control switch 28, which occurs at the end of the third digitdialed at the station A, a train of ten restoring pulses is transmitted to the registers 300 of the display unit 26 and the registers of the corresponding display units in the other boards. Thus the registers of these units which display indications are restored to their normal or blank positions. With the relay R260 operated the circuit for energizing the reset relay R256 is held. open at the contacts 262 throughout the cycle of operation of the register control switch 2%. Also, the reset pulse circuit, whichis utilized in the transmission of the first reset pulse in the manner explained above, is held open at the contacts 2M of the operated clear out relay R269. Accordingly, no reset pulses are transmitted to the operation magnets of the selected registers during the reset portion of the operating cycle of the register control switch 280. Thus no new indications are posted in the display units individual to the doctor No., 165. After the cycle of operation of the register control From this explanation it will be outv firstroperating the hold key providedat this station, the automatic floor switch associated withthe control station in: use is released at the end of each digit: and the pilot lamp at the 6011-, trol station in use is intermittently energized as the digits are dialed. Thus if the calling device lltla provided at the station A is actuated before the hold key [Ma is operated toits off-nor: mal position, the shunt springs I03 are closed as the dial of the transmitting device [la is moved on normal and are opened when this dialis returned, to its normal position. During the period when the contact springs Hi3 are engaged, the pilot lamps Hi5 and the relays Rl Ill and R120 are energized in the manner previously explamed. The transfer relays EH30,- Rl liland RIEO are operated during the dialing operation in progress; Also, the wipers of the minor switch 260 may be moved ofi normal underthe. control of themagnet 203 through operation of the-pulsing springs H32, during the period when the off-normal springs 1.0 3' are closed. When, however, these off-normal springs, areopened at the end of the digit, the: lamps 105 and the relays RHO RIZEI, HA3, RM), and RIEB- are all deenergized and restore. Incident to the release of the relaysRHll and R420, the operating circuit for the release magnet Zli l is completed, whereby the minor switch 289 is released in the. manner explained above. Thus the twenty-first floor switch 2| is fully restored and the pilot lamps we are dee switch 280 is completed, the automatic floor switch energized immediately after .the first; digit is dialed at the station A. .Each time. the transmitting device lfila is actuated the operations just described are repeated, so that the pilot lamps I are intermittently energized. The flashing of the lamp I 05a provided at the calling control station A serves to inform the doctor using this station that the key [Ma should be actuated andthe dialing operation repeated.

Each time a doctor leaves the hospital he is expected to. comply with hospital regulationsby operating his, assigned out key at the. lobby sta tion Ill for the purpose of wiping out the pilot indications, which may be displayed by the display units provided for his useon the display boards. Thus if the doctor No. 165, for example, leaves the hospital, hev is expected to actuate the out key {6571 when he passes-the lobby station It.

.When the key 35h is operated to its off-normal positiomthe mechanical inter-lock mechanism between this key and the in key I559 operated to restore the hey 659 to normal sothat the contacts thereof are disengaged. When these contacts are opened the pilot lamp I656 and the pilot lamps Hi5 individual to the dis- Jplay units provided for the use of the doctorNo.

L65, are deenergized to produce an indication that the doctor No. 165 is no longer on the premises.

The manner in; which the,..0.ther doctors attached to the staii of the hospital, and for whose use display units are provided=on the display boards, may control the display units individual thereto from the lobby station ill, or any one of. the control stations of. the system, will readily be apparent from the preceding explanation. In this regard, it is pointed out that, for selecting purposes, the display unitsare divided into two groups of one hundred sets each. With this arrangement, when switchesis operated to any particular position,

two sets of display units individualto two diffferent doctors are selected. In order to determine which of the two selected sets of units is to be controlled, a wiper switching relay is provided in each of the automatic floor switches. Thus the twenty-first floor switch 2| includes a switching relay R218 which is controlled in accordance with the position of the wipers of the minor switch 200 at the end of a first digit transmitted to the switch. With this arrangement, if the doctor No. 265, for example, operates the transmitting device lela to transmit the three digits of his identification number to the associated floor switch 2|, the wipers of the minor switch 20!] are positioned to engage their associated third contacts at the end of the first digit of two impulses. Immediately the wiper 2H2 engages its associated third contact an obvious circuit is completed for energizing the switching relay R216. This relay, in operating, opens its contacts 2H and 213 to interrupt the previously described circuits, over which the registers indi-- vidual to the doctor No. 165 are controlled. At its contacts 212 and 214, the relay R210 prepares circuits extending through the wipers 216 and 218, over which the relays individual to the calling doctor No. 265 may be controlled in a manner clearly apparent from the preceding explanation. Aside from the operation of the switching relay R270, the wipe out of the indications displayed by the display unit 21 and the corresponding units of the other display boards, and the resetting of these units to display the numeral twenty-one, is effected in the exact manner described above. In this regard it will be noted that the switching relay R210 is deenergized and restores in response to the release of the minor switch 200 during the release of the floor switch 2! In the event a doctor, such, for example, as the doctor No. 265, having display units in the second group, desires to wipe out indications displayed by these units, without resetting the units to display new indications, a first digit comprising seven impulses is dialed at the control switch from which the wipe out is effected. Assuming that the station A is used by the doctor No. 265 for this purpose, the wipers 2i]! and 202 are operated to engage their associated eighth contacts after the first digit of seven impulses is dialed at the station A. With the wiper 20l engaging 5 1 its associated seventh contact, the clear out relay R260 is operated to maintain the reset pulse circuits open, in the manner previously described. With the wiper 202 engaging its associated eighth contact, the wiper switching relay R219 is eneri sized so that the circuits for controlling the registers individual to the doctor No. 165 are held open at the contacts 21! and 2T3, and the circuits for controlling the registers individual to the doctor No. 265 are prepared at the contacts 212 and 214. Thus it will be apparent that with the wipers 216 and 218 engaging the contacts 265a and 265D and the two relays R259 and R210 operated, the indications displayed by the units individual to the doctor No. 265 will be wiped out zoned areas that are not necessarily different floors of a building. For example, the system may be utilized for indicating at one or more points, the difierent locations of the executives and department heads of a large industrial organization having buildings disposed at random within a confined area. In such case the master or lobby station may be located at the gate-house or entrance zone of the area. As a further example, the system may be used to indicate the location of loaded inter-departmental trucks which are used in an industrial organization and are moved from place to place to meet production or other manufacturing requirements. In order generically to designate the persons or movable objects, the locations of which are to be indicated, such persons or objects have been termed subjects in the following portion of the specification. 1

While there has been described what is at present considered to be the preferred embodiment of the invention, it will be understood that various modifications may be made therein, and it is con templated to cover in the appended claims all such modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.

What is claimed is:

1. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area and which in cludes' control stations individual to said zones, display registers individual to said subjects and each including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of off-normal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, each of said registers including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element from any oil-normal position to its normal position when a train of restoring pulses is transmitted thereto and to then drive the asscciated element to another off-normal position when a train of reset pulses is transmitted thereto, automatic selector switches individual to said zones and each controllable from the control station of the corresponding zone to select any one of said registers, means individually included in said switches for successively transmitting a train of restoring pulses and a train of reset pulses to the magnet of a selected register, means individually included in said switches and selectively controllable from said stations for limitin the operation of said last-named means to the transmission of restoring pulses only, and means also individuaily included in said switches for causing each train of reset pulses to identify, by the number of pulses thereof, the zone of th control station in which the associated switch is located.

2. In a system for indicating the location of a subject which may be located in any zone of a plural zone area and which includes control stations individual to said zones and each comprising a signal transmitting device, a display register including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of off-normal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, said register including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive said indicating element from any oft-normal position to its normal position when a train of restoring pulses is transmitted thereto and to drive said indicating element to another oiT-normal position when a train of reset pulses is transmitted thereto, means controlled by a predetermined signal transmitted thereto from one of said stations for transmitting successively a train of restoring pulses. and. a train of reset pulses'to said magnet, and means controlled bya different signal transmitted from said one station to said last-named means .for limiting the operation of said last-named means to the transmission of said restoring pulses. i

3.111 a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of aplural zonearea and which includes control stations individual to said zones and each comprising asignal transmitting device, displayregisters individual to said subjects and each includinga zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of olfnormal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate, the different zones, each of said registers including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element from any off-normal position to its normal position when a train of restoring pulses is transmitted thereto and to then (live the associated element to another oil-normal position when a train of reset pulses is transmitted thereto, automatic selector switches individual to zones and each operative to select any one of said registers in response to either of two signals of different character transmitted thereto from the control station of the corresponding zone, means individually included in said switches for successively transmitting a train of restoring pulses and a train of reset pulses to the magnet of a, selected register, and means individually included in said switches and selectively controlled in accordance with the characterof said' signals for limiting the operation of said last-named meansto the transmission of trains of restoring pulses. i

4. In a system for indicating thev location of a subject which maybe located in any zone of a plural zone area and which includes control sta t ons individual to said zones,,a plurality of dis play registers each individualto said subject and to a group of said zones, each of said registers including a zone indicating element'having a normal position anda plurality of elf-normal positions wherein different zones of the corresponding group are-displayed, means controllable from any of said stations for restoring any one of said indicator elements to its normal position, and

means individual to said registers and controllable.

only from the control stations of thezones in the corresponding groups for resetting said elements to display new indications.

5. In a system for indicating the location of a' subject which may be located inany'zone of a plural zone-area and which includes control sta tions individual tosaid zones, a plurality ofdis from any oil-normal position to its normal posi tion when restoring pulses are transmitted thereto and to" drive the associated element from its normal position to a selected oil-normal position when reset pulses are transmitted thereto, and means controllable from said stations and individual to said registers for concurrently transmitting trains of restoring pulses to said magnets and for then transmitting to the magnet of the corresponding register a train of reset pulses which identifies, ,by the numberof pulses thereof, the zone in which said subject maybe located.

6. In a system for indicating the location of a subject which may be located in any zone of a plural zone area and which includes control stations individual to said zones, a plurality of display registers each individual to said subject and to a group of said zones, each of said registers including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of off-normal positions wherein different indications identifying the different zones of the corresponding group are displayed and a pulse controlled mag-net which is operative to drive the associated element from anyoff-normal position to its normal position when restoring pulses are transmitted thereto and,

to drive the associated element from its normal position to a selected 'ofi-normal position when reset pulses are transmitted thereto, automatic selector switches individual to said stations andsaid registers and each controllable from itsvassociated station concurrently to transmit trains of restoring pulses, to said magnets and'to'then transmit to the magnet of the associated register a train of reset pulses which identifies, by the number of pulses thereof, the zone in which the associated control station is located, 7 '7. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area, a display board including display units individual to said subjects and each operative to displayanindication of the zone in which the corresponding subject may be located, a plurality of control stations each provided with a signal device, an automatic selector switch operative to select any one Of said units and including meansforwiping out an indication displayed bythe selected unit, switch means at each of said stations for seizing said selector switch and for concurrently energizing said signal devices, means; at each of said stations for directing said selector switch in its operation to select one of said units, and means controlled by said wipe out means for preventing said relector switch from releasingif said switch means is released before a display wipeiout operation is completed and for maintaining said signal devices energized independently of said switch means until the display wipe out operation is fully completed. I I I 8. In a system for indicating the location ofa plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone areaoa display board including display units-individual to said subjects and each operative to display an indication of the zone in which the corresponding subject may be 1ocated,'a plurality of control stations each'provided with a signal device,ari automatic selector switch operative to select any one of said units and including means for resetting the selected unitto display a new indication, switch means at each of said stations for -seizing said selector switch and for concurrently energizing said signal devices, means at each of said stations for directing said selector switch in its operation to select any one of said'units, and mean controlled by said reset control 'meansfor preventing said selector switch from releasing if said switch means is released before the operation of said reset controlmeans is completed and for maintaining said signal devices energized independently of said switch means until the operation of said reset control means is fully completed.

9. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area, a display board including display registers individual to said sub jects and each including an indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of offnormal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, each of said registers including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element from any off-normal position to its normal position when a train of restoring pulses is transmitted thereto and to drive the associated indicating element from its normal position to an off-normal position when a train of resetting pulses is transmitted thereto, a plurality of control stations each provided with a signal device, an automatic selector switch operative to select any one of said registers and including means for successively transmitting a train of restoring pulses and a train of reset pulses to the magnet of the selected register, switch means at each of said stations for seizing said selector switch and for concurrently energizing said signal devices, means at each of said stations for directing said selector switch in its operation to select one of said registers, and means controlled by said pulse transmitting means for preventing said selector switch from releasing if said switch means is released before said train of reset pulses is completely transmitted to the selected register and for maintaining said signal devices energized independently of said switch means until the selected register is reset by the pulses of th reset pulse train.

10. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area and which includes control stations individual to said zones, display registers individual to said subjects and each including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of off-normal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, each of said registers including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element, automatic switching apparatus selectively controllable from any selected one of said stations to select anyone of said registers and including means selectively controlled in accordance with the location of the selected station for first restoring the indicating element of the selected register to normal and for then automatically transmitting to the magnet of the selected register a train of pulses which identifies by the number of pulses thereof, the zone in which the selected station is located.

11. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area and which includes control stations individual to said zones. display registers individual to said subjects and each including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a pluralit of off-normal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, each of said registers including a puls controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element, automatic switching apparatus selectivel controllable from any selected one of said stations to select any one of .said registers and including means selectively controlled in accordance with the location of the selected station for first restoring the indicating element of the selected register to normal and for then automatically transmitting to the magnet of the selected register a train of pulses which identifies by the number of pulses thereof, the zone in which the selected station is located, and means also included in said switching apparatus and controllable from the selected station for limiting the operation of said last-named means to the normalizing of the indicating element of the selected register.

12. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may be located in different zones of a plural zone area and which includes control stations individual to said zones, display registers individual to said subjects and each including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of off-normal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, each of said registers including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element from any off-normal position to its normal position when a train of restoring pulses is transmitted thereto and to then drive the associated element to another ofi-normal position when a train of reset pulses is transmitted thereto, automatic switching apparatus controllable from any selected one of said stations to select any one of said registers and including means controlled in accordance with the location of the selected station for first transmitting a train of restoring pulses and then a train of reset pulses to the magnet of a selected register, and means also included in said switching apparatus for causing each train of reset pulses to identify, by the number of pulses thereof, the zone of the control station from which said apparatus is being controlled.

13. In a system for indicating the location of a plurality of subjects which may b located in different zones of a plural zone area and which includes control stations individual to said zones, display registers individual to said subjects and each including a zone indicating element having a normal position and a plurality of oiT-normal positions wherein characters are displayed thereby which indicate the different zones, each of said registers including a pulse controlled magnet which is operative to drive the associated indicating element from any off-normal position to its normal position when a train of restoring pulses is transmitted thereto and to then drive the associated element to another off-normal position when a train of reset pulses is transmitted thereto, automatic switching apparatus controllable from any selected one of said stations to select any one of said registers and including means controlled in accordance with the location of the selected station for first transmitting a train of restoring pulses and then a train of reset pulses to the magnet of a selected register, means also included in said switching apparatus for causing each train of reset pulses to identify, by the number of pulses thereof, the zone of th control station from which said apparatus is being controlled, and means also included in said switching apparatus and controllable from the selected station for limiting the operation of said impulse transmitting means to the transmission of restoring pulses.

ALFRED H. BELLIVEAU.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification340/8.1, 340/539.2, 340/539.13
International ClassificationG08B3/10
Cooperative ClassificationG08B3/1008
European ClassificationG08B3/10B